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About Our Memberships
The First Nations Forestry Council was created by our community leaders in 2006 and was born from the First Nations Mountain Pine Beetle Working Group. Since that time our communities have become increasingly involved in the forest sector as tenure holders, small business operators, forest managers, technicians and forest sector employees. Our Nations currently hold over 260 forest licenses with access to more than 10 million m3 per year.
In order for the Forestry Council to support your community and to effectively organize and implement services on your behalf and exclusively for you, we are launching a new Membership program to include due-paying membership classes – Affiliate Membership and Individual Membership - to allow and invite new categories of members to join the Forestry Council.
Membership Classes & Fees:
There are two due-paying Affiliate membership categories that are available to a First Nations Person or Organization. Affiliate members have the rights to notice of, to attend, to speak, and to vote at general meetings and have the right to be a candidate for election as a Director of the Forestry Council. Affiliate members may elect one (1) Person as a Director of the BC First Nations Forestry Council at an Annual General Meeting:
1. Business Tenure Affiliate
A Business Tenure member is a First Nations band or its' corporation/LLP that holds a forest agreement/license/tenure or manages fee simple/title/treaty lands and is actively harvesting volume from its tenure.
2. Business Associate Affiliate
A Business Associate member is a First Nations business or organization that is engaged in or are associated with the forest sector including harvesting, manufacturing, silviculture, environmental, management, administration and non-timber resource businesses and also includes any First Nation association, corporation, entity, partnership or society that is not engaged in the forest sector but is an ally or supporter of the Forestry Council.
FOUNDING MEMBERS AND NATION REGISTRATION
The First Nations Forestry Council was created by our communities Leaders in 2006 and was born from the First Nations Mountain Pine Beetle Working Group. The First Nations Summit (FNS), Union of BC Indian Chiefs (UBCIC) and the BC Assembly of First Nations (BCAFN) are the Founding Members of the Forestry Council and as such appoint a Director to exercise the rights of membership on behalf of its organization and are accountable to, and receive direction from First Nations leaders in BC.
The Founding Members retain the right to vote on behalf of our First Nation communities. However, it is important that our communities and leaders are engaged in and have access to information connected to Forestry Council activities and operations as they relate to the 2008 Action Plan. It will also serve to provide regular communications on the status of the forest industry and relevant issues as it relates to our communities and businesses.